After the four hour Hall of Fame, two-and-a-half hour NXT TakeOver, seven hour Wrestlemania, three hour Raw, two hour Smackdown, one hour 205 Live and one hour NXT, you’re either sitting there going, ‘I can no longer survive on anything less than 24 hours of original in-ring wrestling programming every week’. Or, like me, you might have collapsed after Tuesday night’s Smackdown muttering: ‘no, no more wrestling. I’m done with wrestling. WWE, you completed wrestling. You win’
Good news for the former, because the WWE Network are adding even more shows.
First up, announced in what now seems like an eternity ago on Saturday afternoon, WWE confirmed that their long-awaited Women’s Tournament will finally take place in the Summer. Bayley made the announcement at WWE’s Business Partner Summit – sounds like a riot – alongside Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Alexa Bliss and Asuka. The tournament will be broadcast on the WWE Network, just like last year’s Cruiserweight Classic, and will feature 32 women from 17 different countries.
Also, on 205 Live, UK Champion Tyler Bate, Mark Andrews, Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Wolfgang came out on stage while Tom Phillips announced: “Arriving in the near future, a new WWE UK Championship weekly show.”
After his apparent retirement at Sunday night’s Wrestlemania – which I totally didn’t cry at – The Undertaker is going under the knife for his various physical injuries.
Dave Meltzer has reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that The Deadman “is getting more surgeries now” after holding off his long-needed full hip replacement until his wrestling retirement. That he’s finally undergoing these procedures suggests he really is done competing.
Mick Foley was also putting off hip surgery while he was the onscreen general manager for Monday Night Raw. Now he no longer has that fictional job, Foley has revealed on Facebook that his operation will take place on the 19th April.
The man who’s replaced Foley as Raw GM, Kurt Angle, has done yet another interview saying he will wrestle again in WWE. Only this time, there’s a slight – but significant – change of wording. In all the times before, Angle has stressed that he hasn’t had any actual talks with WWE about returning to the ring, and that discussions have only been about the Hall of Fame. But following his induction, Kurt told ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman:
“I do know that there’s a chance of Kurt Angle wrestling again…I really think that Kurt Angle is not done wrestling. I think it’s safe to say that I will be wrestling back in that WWE ring again.”